Field Museum

Field Museum The Field Museum fuels a journey of discovery across time to enable solutions for a brighter future rich in nature and culture. We fuel a journey of discovery across time to enable solutions for a brighter future rich in nature and culture.
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Every day we contribute to groundbreaking scientific research thanks to almost 40 million specimens and artifacts in our collections and over 150 scientists on staff. Discovering, collecting, collaborating, researching, educating, conserving, solving—there’s a lot of work to do. And we’re on it. 🌎

Operating as usual

Wear your #Pride on your jacket, backpack—or to your favorite natural history museum! 🤗🌈 store.fieldmuseum.org/collectio...
06/26/2021

Wear your #Pride on your jacket, backpack—or to your favorite natural history museum! 🤗🌈 store.fieldmuseum.org/collections/pride-month

Wear your #Pride on your jacket, backpack—or to your favorite natural history museum! 🤗🌈 store.fieldmuseum.org/collections/pride-month

For #FossilFriday, we present: THE BEAST. That's the nickname chief fossil preparator Akiko Shinya (second from the righ...
06/25/2021

For #FossilFriday, we present: THE BEAST. That's the nickname chief fossil preparator Akiko Shinya (second from the right) and her colleagues gave this 1,500-pound fossil jacket. 🏋️‍♂️ The bone bed is so tremendous in size, they wrapped it in plaster with steel pipe reinforcement to support its weight!

This is the team's fifth trip to Missouri, where they’ve previously found part of a duckbilled dinosaur. On this visit, they discovered various dinosaur bones and several partial turtles. 🦴

Bringing these field jackets back from the quarry will be no easy task—a challenge for the next trip! 💪

Can we get a round of applause for our Visitor Services and Facilities staff? 👏We're now open seven days a week for disc...
06/24/2021

Can we get a round of applause for our Visitor Services and Facilities staff? 👏

We're now open seven days a week for discovery thanks to our front-of-house rock stars. 🌟 From our housekeeping and facilities team members to those managing online ticketing and guest entry: we appreciate you and everything you do! 💙

They've been working extra hard to help ensure everyone's safety through ever-evolving approaches to public health since March 2020. It takes the whole museum to make a visit not just possible, but memorable.

Hope to see you soon! fieldmuseum.org/visit

Can we get a round of applause for our Visitor Services and Facilities staff? 👏

We're now open seven days a week for discovery thanks to our front-of-house rock stars. 🌟 From our housekeeping and facilities team members to those managing online ticketing and guest entry: we appreciate you and everything you do! 💙

They've been working extra hard to help ensure everyone's safety through ever-evolving approaches to public health since March 2020. It takes the whole museum to make a visit not just possible, but memorable.

Hope to see you soon! fieldmuseum.org/visit

06/23/2021
Insect Show and Tell

Robin Delapena is the digitization specialist in our Insects collection. 🐞 She’s working to make the approximately 6.5 million pinned specimens and 15-18 million wet specimens in our collection available to scientists around the world. 💻 Recording this digital data is more crucial than ever, as we see insect populations decline and as researchers tackle climate change and other huge challenges.

To remind us why insects deserve our respect and admiration, Robin introduces us to some of her living insect friends. 🥰 (Keep an eye out for the male Goliath Bug and his antics! 🐜😉

This pot represents a lot. ✨ It's just one item that will be part of a re-imagined Native North America Hall, opening ne...
06/22/2021

This pot represents a lot. ✨ It's just one item that will be part of a re-imagined Native North America Hall, opening next year. The project is guided by a group of 11 Native American scholars and museum professionals and involves more than 100 Native artists and collaborators!

The new exhibition will present contemporary stories told by Native people, alongside cultural materials from the Field’s collection, to showcase Native American communities from across the continent.

One aspect included in the exhibition will be the representation of the LGBTQ+ Native experience. While working on this project, Exhibitions developer Ryan Schuessler and his colleagues came across the name Arroh-ah-och—a famous potter from Laguna Pueblo who died in the late 1800s. In her dialect of Keres language, she might have been called a “ku’kwi’muh,” instead of a man or a woman. Because Arroh-ah-och was so well-known, our team wondered if the museum had any pieces of her work in the collection. 🤔

Working with Dwight Lanmon, formerly of the School of Advanced Research in Santa Fe, we identified this pot as Arroh-ah-och’s work thanks to Dwight's expertise. He confirmed the attribution because of the density of the black paint, the clarity of the design, and the detail in the pot’s shoulder bands. 🖌

We're grateful to learn more about this pot, which is over 125 years old. This rich context also means that Arroh-ah-och—who lived and created in a time before European-American ideas of gender and sexuality were imposed onto her society—will have her name, story, and work shared in the new Native North America Hall.

This pot represents a lot. ✨ It's just one item that will be part of a re-imagined Native North America Hall, opening next year. The project is guided by a group of 11 Native American scholars and museum professionals and involves more than 100 Native artists and collaborators!

The new exhibition will present contemporary stories told by Native people, alongside cultural materials from the Field’s collection, to showcase Native American communities from across the continent.

One aspect included in the exhibition will be the representation of the LGBTQ+ Native experience. While working on this project, Exhibitions developer Ryan Schuessler and his colleagues came across the name Arroh-ah-och—a famous potter from Laguna Pueblo who died in the late 1800s. In her dialect of Keres language, she might have been called a “ku’kwi’muh,” instead of a man or a woman. Because Arroh-ah-och was so well-known, our team wondered if the museum had any pieces of her work in the collection. 🤔

Working with Dwight Lanmon, formerly of the School of Advanced Research in Santa Fe, we identified this pot as Arroh-ah-och’s work thanks to Dwight's expertise. He confirmed the attribution because of the density of the black paint, the clarity of the design, and the detail in the pot’s shoulder bands. 🖌

We're grateful to learn more about this pot, which is over 125 years old. This rich context also means that Arroh-ah-och—who lived and created in a time before European-American ideas of gender and sexuality were imposed onto her society—will have her name, story, and work shared in the new Native North America Hall.

Calling all creatives! SUE the T. rex needs, no, demands your help creating the next round of their exclusive theropod a...
06/21/2021

Calling all creatives! SUE the T. rex needs, no, demands your help creating the next round of their exclusive theropod apparel. 🦖🎨

Our fierce fossil will select four (4) fabulous designs to be sold from their Threadless shop. Winners will also receive cash prizes, Field tickets, and more. 🎉

Submit your art by July 9 ➡️ threadless.com/sue-the-t-rex

Don't fancy yourself an artist? Shop the SUE merch instead 😎➡️ suethetrex.threadless.com

Today we recognize Juneteenth, and the date's significance in American history.The Emancipation Proclamation declared al...
06/19/2021

Today we recognize Juneteenth, and the date's significance in American history.

The Emancipation Proclamation declared all enslaved people “within any State or designated part of a State” legally free on January 1, 1863. But there was little enforcement of this executive order in some states. It wasn't until June 19, 1865 when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas—the remotest southwest border of the United States at the time—announcing the end of the Civil War. He issued General Order No. 3, informing the people of Texas that all enslaved people were now free.

Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. writes about Juneteenth's particular importance in African American culture as, “an occasion for gathering lost family members, measuring progress against freedom and inculcating rising generations with the values of self-improvement and racial uplift."

Learn more about Juneteenth from Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture ➡️ nmaahc.si.edu/blog-post/historical-legacy-juneteenth

Today we recognize Juneteenth, and the date's significance in American history.

The Emancipation Proclamation declared all enslaved people “within any State or designated part of a State” legally free on January 1, 1863. But there was little enforcement of this executive order in some states. It wasn't until June 19, 1865 when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas—the remotest southwest border of the United States at the time—announcing the end of the Civil War. He issued General Order No. 3, informing the people of Texas that all enslaved people were now free.

Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. writes about Juneteenth's particular importance in African American culture as, “an occasion for gathering lost family members, measuring progress against freedom and inculcating rising generations with the values of self-improvement and racial uplift."

Learn more about Juneteenth from Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture ➡️ nmaahc.si.edu/blog-post/historical-legacy-juneteenth

Please don't touch. ⬅ Not just a museum motto! 😉This blue-ringed octopus is cute, but deadly. bit.ly/DontTouchOctopusHap...
06/18/2021

Please don't touch. ⬅ Not just a museum motto! 😉
This blue-ringed octopus is cute, but deadly. bit.ly/DontTouchOctopus

Happy #CephalopodWeek! Ceph-lebrate these three-hearted invertebrates—octopuses, squids, nautiluses, and cuttlefish—all next week with us over on Twitter. 🦑

Please don't touch. ⬅ Not just a museum motto! 😉
This blue-ringed octopus is cute, but deadly. bit.ly/DontTouchOctopus

Happy #CephalopodWeek! Ceph-lebrate these three-hearted invertebrates—octopuses, squids, nautiluses, and cuttlefish—all next week with us over on Twitter. 🦑

The Ese'Eja Nation are an Indigenous people who have lived in and cultivated the Amazon rainforest for thousands of year...
06/17/2021
The Ese'Eja People of the Amazon

The Ese'Eja Nation are an Indigenous people who have lived in and cultivated the Amazon rainforest for thousands of years. 🌴 Now, external forces such as mining and slash-and-burn farming threaten their way of life.

Learn how the Ese'Eja people remain connected to the forest, and work tirelessly to protect it in this exhibition closing this Sunday, June 20.

Read messages from the Ese'Eja Nation, view cultural objects, and see luminous, gold-gilded daguerreotypes—photographs of community members that portray their resilience. ✨

Protecting the rainforest and preserving a way of life The Ese'Eja (ess-ee-AY-ha) Nation are an Indigenous people that have lived in and cultivated the Amazon rainforest for thousands of years. Now, external forces like illegal mining, restrictive government policies, and slash-and-burn farming thre...

06/16/2021
Super Snails

You might think snails are rather dull. 🐌 But Jochen Gerber, our Invertebrate collections manager, describes how these shelled gastropods have endless variety and can do pretty much everything—except fly. 😉

Jochen chats with Learning Facilitator Anna Villanyi about the collection he oversees, which includes everything from jellyfish to crustaceans, worms to octopuses. But not insects. Find out why ⬇️

Have camera, will capture Earth's wonders 😍Our staff and scientific partners do fieldwork on all seven continents. And t...
06/15/2021

Have camera, will capture Earth's wonders 😍

Our staff and scientific partners do fieldwork on all seven continents. And they take some amazing photos of the places they go. 📸 Swipe through to enjoy just a slice of the landscapes and species they study, encounter, and conserve.

Happy Nature Photography Day!

Looking to celebrate #PollinatorWeek? 🐝 Explore the Burnham Wildlife Corridor—the longest stretch of lakefront natural a...
06/14/2021
A Cultural Trail on Chicago's South Lakefront

Looking to celebrate #PollinatorWeek? 🐝 Explore the Burnham Wildlife Corridor—the longest stretch of lakefront natural area within the Chicago Park District. 🌼

Its native prairie, savanna, and woodland ecosystems provide healthy, diverse habitat for birds, bees, butterflies, and other important pollinators. 🦋

Dotting this stretch of 100 acres are five Gathering Spaces, created by local artists that weave the culture of the Corridor’s neighboring communities into this nature trail. Artist Raymond A. Thomas reflects on the Corridor's importance. “We’re so busy surviving life and not taking in what life really is…that’s what the wildlife corridor initiative is about: the restoration of the land and…the restoration of our souls as a people.”

Check out these Gathering Spaces, and see how many pollinators you can spot on your nature walk 🌸⬇️

Find public art in community spaces along the Burnham Wildlife Corridor nature trail.

Here's a bright start to your weekend. ☀️ Although the sun has set on these 30-million-year-old insects, they've been pr...
06/11/2021

Here's a bright start to your weekend. ☀️ Although the sun has set on these 30-million-year-old insects, they've been preserved inside amber.

If this cabochon made you think "Jurassic Park," it might be because the dinosaur classic debuted this week back in 1993! 🦖

So. Would you rather have a private screening of JP with SUE the T. rex OR the original cast member of your choice? 🤔

Drop your answer and fave quotes in the comments ⬇️

Here's a bright start to your weekend. ☀️ Although the sun has set on these 30-million-year-old insects, they've been preserved inside amber.

If this cabochon made you think "Jurassic Park," it might be because the dinosaur classic debuted this week back in 1993! 🦖

So. Would you rather have a private screening of JP with SUE the T. rex OR the original cast member of your choice? 🤔

Drop your answer and fave quotes in the comments ⬇️

When it comes to saving birds, turning the lights off is a bright idea. 💡  We've lost billions of birds in North America...
06/10/2021
Turning off just half the lights at McCormick Place could reduce the mortality rate of migratory birds by 60%, study shows

When it comes to saving birds, turning the lights off is a bright idea. 💡

We've lost billions of birds in North America. In the last 50 years, populations have declined by 29%. 😫 But a new study representing 40 years of research (and 40,000 birds!) shows that turning off just half the lights at McCormick Place during migration could reduce the bird mortality there by 60%. 🐦

This paper is the result of tireless work by collections manager emeritus Dave Willard, his Field colleagues, and researchers from around the Midwest. As our senior conservation ecologist Doug Stotz reminds us: buildings add up. “I hope this paper will show why it’s important to turn off internal lighting as well, especially in Chicago, which is the country’s deadliest city for migrating birds.”

Hundreds of millions of birds are estimated to die in collisions annually in the United States alone, and researchers say Chicago’s light pollution potentially makes it the most perilous city in the country for migrating birds.

06/09/2021
Museum Summer Camps

Calling all campers! ☀️ We have multi- and single-day camps for young learners of all ages. Arline Lee describes our summer programming, and why you shouldn't delay registering your little one today ➡️ bit.ly/FieldSummerCamps

Enjoy Friday late-night at the Field! 🌃🏛 As part of the city’s #OpenChicago celebration, we’ll be open until 9pm this Fr...
06/09/2021

Enjoy Friday late-night at the Field! 🌃🏛

As part of the city’s #OpenChicago celebration, we’ll be open until 9pm this Friday. fieldmuseum.org/tickets

Enjoy our special exhibitions Becoming Jane and Apsáalooke Women and Warriors. The Bistro will stay open late, so you can grab a brew before seeing old favorites like SUE. 🦖

And starting Friday, we'll once again be open seven days a week! 🎉

📸: gdubs91, Instagram

Enjoy Friday late-night at the Field! 🌃🏛

As part of the city’s #OpenChicago celebration, we’ll be open until 9pm this Friday. fieldmuseum.org/tickets

Enjoy our special exhibitions Becoming Jane and Apsáalooke Women and Warriors. The Bistro will stay open late, so you can grab a brew before seeing old favorites like SUE. 🦖

And starting Friday, we'll once again be open seven days a week! 🎉

📸: gdubs91, Instagram

A little rain won't spoil our parade. In fact, it helps our native gardens grow. Happy #PrideMonth! 😎🌈
06/08/2021

A little rain won't spoil our parade. In fact, it helps our native gardens grow. Happy #PrideMonth! 😎🌈

A little rain won't spoil our parade. In fact, it helps our native gardens grow. Happy #PrideMonth! 😎🌈

06/07/2021
Native Gardens (Virtual Exhibitions Tour)

Enjoy a non-narrated walk through our native gardens. 🌿 Can you spot the purple spiderwort, the about-to-bloom echinacea, or the milkweed—the plant essential for monarch butterflies? 👀 These gardens are home to over 100 species of native plants in total.

Explore this living exhibition that's free to visit and changing every day ➡️ fieldmuseum.org/nativegardens

SUE the T. rex needs (nay, demands) your help! Our fierce fossil created exclusive MURDERBIRD merchandise. Now they need...
06/04/2021

SUE the T. rex needs (nay, demands) your help!

Our fierce fossil created exclusive MURDERBIRD merchandise. Now they need YOU to design the next round of exclusive apparel. 🦖🎨

SUE will select four (4) T. rex-ellent designs to make and sell from their Threadless shop—as well as shower with cash prizes and more! Submit your SUE by July 9 ➡️ threadless.com/sue-the-t-rex/

Design not your thing? Shop the SUE merch instead ➡️ suethetrex.threadless.com

SUE the T. rex needs (nay, demands) your help!

Our fierce fossil created exclusive MURDERBIRD merchandise. Now they need YOU to design the next round of exclusive apparel. 🦖🎨

SUE will select four (4) T. rex-ellent designs to make and sell from their Threadless shop—as well as shower with cash prizes and more! Submit your SUE by July 9 ➡️ threadless.com/sue-the-t-rex/

Design not your thing? Shop the SUE merch instead ➡️ suethetrex.threadless.com

🚨 PSA (Pterosaur Service Announcement) 🚨 Quetzalcoatlus is a flying reptile, not a dinosaur.
06/03/2021

🚨 PSA (Pterosaur Service Announcement) 🚨

Quetzalcoatlus is a flying reptile, not a dinosaur.

🚨 PSA (Pterosaur Service Announcement) 🚨

Quetzalcoatlus is a flying reptile, not a dinosaur.

06/02/2021
Sequencing DNA

If mosquitoes in amber were a viable source for DNA then Isabel Distefano would be the molecular lab technician that could bring T. rex back to life—and our DNA Discovery Lab would be the place she could do it.

For better or worse, DNA that old degrades, so Isabel spends her time sequencing the genomes of mammals, plants, and modern dinos (a.k.a birds) for researchers at the Field. Few museums have in-house DNA research facilities; take a look inside of ours!

(And yes, the Jurassic Park scenario is the #1 question Isabel gets. 😂)

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Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
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Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

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